CWU Choirs & Guests Sing Songs of Singh - MAY 30 FREE
Date: May 16, 2014
Location: Washington, USA
The Central Washington University choirs - with Guests Walla Walla HIgh School and Union High School - present a concert entirely comprised of the music of Vijay Singh.
Vijay, professor of music at CWU, is a prolific composer, with over 200 compositions for choir. His music is performed the world over - with titles such as Medieval Gloria and Johnny said no being particularly accessible and well-known to school choirs. In fact, before I joined the faculty at Central, I considered his music to be of average difficulty, well-written, and attainable by a meduim ability junior high or high school choir.
However, having worked with Vijay for 8 years, I have come to know much more of his music through conversations with him and through programming his pieces. Vijay's compositions show a very wide range of subject, style, and difficulty.
No matter the piece - it is always well-thought out and finely-crafted. And some is as challenging as anything a choir can tacikle, while other pieces are appropirate for a good elementary school choir.
This concert will feature 28 of his compositions. Included is the above-mentioned Johnny said no - as well as the often sung Finnan Haddie.
However, there are gems which will receive west coast premieres, such as the pieces: Oft have I vowed, Adonai (in Hebrew), the Lord's Prayer (influenced by Messian's O sacrum Convivium).
The complete lineup of repertoire is included in the Facebook Event:
Each choir will sing pieces by themselves, and the concert will end with all choirs singing "Carpenters of God" together!
If you within driving distance of Ellesnburg, I hope to see you there!
Place: CWU Music Building concert hall
Contact: Gary Weidenaar (Gary.Weidenaar@cwu.edu)